Songnisan National Park and Beopjusa

Date: 
Saturday, June 22, 2019 -
8:30am to 8:30pm
Destination(s): 
North Chungcheong Province (Chungcheongbuk-do)
Cost: 
W70,000 for members and W84,000 for non-members (Meal not incl.)
Tour Leader: 
Ms. Sue J. Bae

Songnisan National Park & Beopjusa

Meeting Point:  In front of the Yongsan Post Office, near Exit 1, Shinyongsan subway station (신용산역) (Blue Line/Line 4, #429). At 8:30 a.m.

After leaving Seoul, we will drive straight to Beopjusa, one of Korea's foremost Buddhist temples. The bus ride from Seoul to North Chungcheong Province will take approximately two and a half hours and pass through some very beautiful scenery. Located the foot of beatiful Songnisan (the name means "renouncing the world" mountain), Beopjusa is one of Korea's most-visited temples. It houses three national treasures and numerous other cultural assets. In addition, this temple contains Korea's largest free-standing Mireuk (Maitreya, Buddha of the Future) image, which towers an impressive 22 meters over the sprawling temple grounds and is said to be the largest free-standing bronze Buddha in Asia. Another highlight is the five-story wooden pagoda which is National Treasure No.55. It is the only large wooden pagoda in the country and one of the few wooden structures in Korea that survives from the learly 1600s. Beopjusa is noted not only for its outstanding architectural fetures, but also for the natural beauty of its setting. If time allows, those who wish will have the opportunity to hike some way up a steep, but beautiful trail leading to the top of Munjangdae, the highest peak of Songnisan.

Beopjusa was founded in 553 and the temple was rebuilt and expanded in 776. Like most other temples, it was destroyed by the Japanese in 1592, but it was rebuilt in its present form in 1624. Several of the buildings that now stand on the grounds date from that period, but some stone carvings from the Silla period still exist here. It is said that Beopjusa once housed 3,000 monks.

Cost of the excursion is W70,000 for members and W84,000 for non-members. All entry fees and transportation costs are included. The bus will leave from Yongsan Post Office (Subway Line 4, Blue line, Sinyongsan Station No. 429. Exit 1) at 8:30 a.m. sharp and return to Seoul at about 8:30 p.m. The traffic may cause the delay for arrival in Seoul.

Don't forget to pack a lunch for the trip or plan to buy one at the restaurant near Songnisan. 

Please register your RSVP for the Songnisan National Park and Beopjusa tour
by Tuesday, June 18, 2019 by click here.
(payment by Wednesday, June 19)

                         Please register one RSVP at a time.
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                 ☞Payment to be remitted to the following account:
         SHINHAN BANK ACCOUNT # 100-026-383501 (RAS-KB)

 

 

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